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Canada: why French is making strong progress in the Yukon!

This article is taken from the special issue of Le Figaro “D’Est en Ouest – Vivre au Canada”, available on the Figaro Store.

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Canada: why French is making strong progress in the Yukon!

This article is taken from the special issue of Le Figaro “D’Est en Ouest – Vivre au Canada”, available on the Figaro Store.

In Yukon, the economy is booming, growing 7.6% in 2022. Infrastructure projects and new mines portend a bright future for the next decade. “Labor is also in demand in health, education and early childhood, hotels and restaurants, real estate services, construction, retail, administration and both levels of governments (federal and territorial) which are large employers here,” explains Édith Bélanger, director of economic development at the Association franco-yukonnaise, official spokesperson for Francophones in the Yukon. Help with immigration, employment and entrepreneurship are among its missions.

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The association oversees the Yukon Francophone Immigration Network (RIFY), bringing together a dozen French-speaking organizations. Four categories of programs are available for immigration candidates: Express Entry, Skilled Worker, Strategic Employee, Business People. The first is a federal program for skilled workers, but the others, under the Yukon, target specific jobs and provide quicker access to permanent residence. The AFY relied on the Virtual Job Fair of the Economic Development and Employability Network (RDÉE Canada) and the Destination Canada Forum Mobilité event, held in Paris last November, to present around fifty job offers. 'job. Participating in these fairs is a good first step for prospective immigrants.

“But the North is not for everyone,” admits Édith Bélanger. We present the reality, including the cold of winter, the distance from major centers, in addition to the wild beauty of the Yukon, the job opportunities and the vitality of our French-speaking community. »

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